I saw a few signs around where I live recently advertising a local car boot sale that was going to be taking place, and I thought it might be the perfect opportunity to get rid of a few things. I’ve never sold at a car boot sale before, but I used to frequent them when I was younger for buying. I would only get little things like old clothes and beauty products that hadn’t been opened or used, as well as the occasional piece of furniture. I’ve got a load of baby clothing that the boys wore when they were smaller, and since I’m not planning on any more and the clothes are just hanging around the house, I decided this might be the chance to get rid of them all in one go.
Since I’d never sold at a car boot before, I took a bit of time to do some research beforehand into the best ways to go about it. I’ve sold a few things on eBay, but it’s not the same at all. Here are a few tips I collected and found useful before I set up my pitch:
- Research what you have on eBay first to find a general value for things. I discovered an old book I was planning to get rid of in a box full was actually apparently a first edition, so I should have been selling it for much more than the £5 I got for the whole box!
- Get everything into the car and organised the night before. Car boots generally start early, and as a first time seller you’ll want to get there even earlier so that you’re prepared when the buyers start to arrive.
- Make sure you’ve got plenty of small change in case people are trying to buy with bigger notes. And don’t give away all your small change straightaway, especially if for a low priced item. Offer to keep it to one side under they have more change.
- Take a chair along for quiet moments as it can be a long day on your feet.
- Take along a lot of carrier bags and some newspaper for wrapping up any fragile items.
- Final tip: it sounds silly, but this was a great tip my “next door neighbour” stall offered me. Make sure your car’s interior lights are all switched off when the boot is open otherwise you might end up with a flat battery and not being able to get away at the end of the day!
I only ended up making about £60 in the end, but that wasn’t bad really – I was in profit after paying the £10 fee and I’d managed to get rid of a few boxes full of stuff. My sister and I are thinking of doing another soon where we put some of our old clutter together because hopefully we’ll sell more then we can split the cost of the fee. I’m looking forward to it already!
Image courtesy of Lamerie.